Airflo SuperFlo Fly Line Review- Phillipa Hake

For many fly fishing isn’t just a hobby, if you’re like me it’s a way of life. There isn’t a day I don’t think about something fishing or fly tying related! Which brings me onto fly fishing gear, if your out on the water week in week out you’ll want to be kitted out with the best gear that you can afford, In order to make to make your fishing trips that more easier.

Fishing with the Airflo SuperFlo fly line!

Fishing with the Airflo SuperFlo fly line!

With umpteen companies offering the best fly lines on the market, I’ll be hoping that this little review of the new Airflo SuperFlo fly line gives you some sort of helping hand!

Whether you’re looking for a new fly line for your river outfit or stillwater set up, look no further than the SuperFlo fly line series. The line comes in two forms, a presentation taper, from 3 to 7wt and a stillwater taper from 5 to 9 weight.

Which fly line do I choose?  When river fishing I’d opt for the presentation taper as when you need to get them flies exactly where you need them with precision and delicacy and the least disruption. This line lands like a feather on the water, just what you need when stalking them wild brown trout! If I was fishing for stocked fish on a Stillwater or reservoir I would look to the Stillwater taper, it Loads the rod quickly, casts beautifully and angles are able to achieve distance at ease.

A lovely brown trout captured on the SuperFlo presentation fly line!

A lovely brown trout captured on the SuperFlo presentation fly line!

After a couple of trips out with the presentation taper line from taking it out of the box to making the first couple of casts on the river, one of the first things I noticed was there was zero memory. I’ve had many lines in the past that have coiled up before even being used, unlike the SuperFlo this isn’t a problem! Another thing I like is many people don’t like the welded loops on fly lines however I am a fan of them and the Airflo welded loops are some of the best and smoothest on the market with them not being bulky.

With many brands on the market offering thin diameter fly lines for the cost of this line, in my eyes you cant go far wrong with the presentation SuperFlo fly line. It’s a line that is a perfect all rounder and  I certainly wont be changing my fly line anytime soon!

Tightlines,

Phillipa

River Focus: in the zone chasing trout and grayling

River Focus: in the zone chasing trout and grayling

The TF Gear MIDI Airbomb – Dave Lane Review

Dave Lane carp angler takes a closer look at the new Midi Airbomb – the revolutionary baiting up device from Total Fishing Gear.

Hard on the heels of the original Airbomb, we now have a new model, the Airbomb Midi.

As the name suggests, it is a smaller version of its already very popular big brother – it comes in at approximately 50% of the size and capacity of the original.

Dave Lane carp angler with the Midi Airbomb

Dave Lane carp angler with the Midi Airbomb

Having used the Midi extensively I’ve found it to be superb at all ranges and if you are after something that will put bait accurately to extreme ranges the Airbomb Midi is the one for you,  we have been hitting 150 yards with ease and the edge this has given me over everyone else has been massive.

Another huge advantage I should mention is that you really do not need a specialised ‘spod-rod’ to take the strain, the Airbomb Midi  is light enough that it can be cast with ease on a normal carp rod.  This makes baiting so effortless, and of course you maintain incredible accuracy.

I would still recommend a leader of some kind, just to be on the safe side and avoid any ‘crack-off’ disasters but, even so, my 3.25lb carp rods can launch one of these a long, long way and if you do use a spod rod, well you can cast this thing distances you wouldn’t believe.

The basics are the same as the larger model, you hit the clip in the air and achieve a far greater spread of bait than with other more conventional bait droppers and with none of the unwanted disturbance in the area you are actually putting your rigs and fishing.

Airbomb Midi - New size

Airbomb Midi – New size

They are also outstanding for delivering floaters without spooking the fish. When you put floaters out with the Airbomb it actually lands up to 30 yards away from where the actual floaters land, this is the stealthiest way possible to get fish feeding on the top, and I can tell you from experience that your surface fishing will be transformed forever.

As for actual baiting capacity I suppose you would get about 50% of the payload of the bigger version (about 15 x 15mm boilies or a nice handful of hemp) and this can be advantageous if you are just needing to top up your swim or fishing a small scattering of bait in a ‘single-bite’ scenario when stalking, mobile fishing or even casting at a showing fish.

If you do want to present your free-bait in a tighter spot, like a hole in the weed for example, you can simply over-cast, not against a clip, and then reel the Airbomb slowly back into position over the spot before flicking the rod tip to open it. This method will deliver a very tight packet of bait extremely accurately.

However you choose to use the Airbomb Midi, it’s one of those items that you really should have in the rucksack at all times.

For more about the Airbomb Midi bating up device, check out the video below!!

FishSpy Echo Pro – Review By Dave Lane Carp Angler

For the last few months I have been in possession of a new product from TF Gear, but I have been unable to add it to any of my carp fishing Vlogs or articles because it has been a little hush-hush, secret squirrel and all that cloak and dagger stuff.

Now however leading up to its imminent launch, the cat is well and truly out of the bag so I can tell you a little about it.

My new bit of kit is called the Fishspy Echo Pro, which is a castable floating echo sounder/sonar device but with a major added bonus of having an inbuilt camera! I was more than excited to get this new bit of tech out onto the water and trying to keep it under wraps has been difficult as you can imagine.

Dave Lane - with the Echo Pro

Dave Lane – with the Echo Pro

On a personal level it couldn’t have arrived at a better time as I am currently tackling a vast gravel pit that contains some ancient but very large carp, these fish know every inch of their environment and for me to get one step ahead of them I needed to know the lakebed in as much detail as those wise old carp.

So for my big water feature finding and carp hunting I simply attached the Echo Pro to the back of my boat and towed it as I motored and rowed my way around the wide expanse of a very special lake.

This, obviously, would be a real edge for those of you that use a bait-boat as it would be a simple job to attach the Echo Pro via a strong cord and instantly add not only a sonar but the ability to toggle over to a wireless camera to see the reality of what was below the boat.

Obviously the castable design makes the Echo Pro so versatile and I have been able to get accurate sonar data and live camera anywhere I have been able to cast it and with a range of 100 metres I have been plotting huge amounts of water very quickly, this information has, I am sure accounted for many of my captures already this year.

So, how does it work?

The device has two different frequencies on the sonar, one is a wide beam for shallower water and the other is a narrower beam that will give you a more defined reading in deeper water. The sonar would be the default mode that I normally employ to start a session with.

Simply attach the Echo Pro to a strong braided mainline via the side mounting ring and cast it into the desired area. Once connected to your phone or tablet it will give you a detailed sonar display of the bottom; depths, contours and any mid water objects, such as carp for example will be shown.

However, whereas a normal sounder will stop there, the Echo Pro can be remotely toggled from the bank using your phone or tablet into camera mode. You now have a floating camera that will live stream the images of what you have found, directly to your phone or tablet. You now have the best of both worlds Sonar and camera in one compact castable unit!

FishSpy Echo Pro - a compact castable unit

FishSpy Echo Pro – a compact castable unit

There are many little tricks and tips that you can adapt the Echo Pro to perform and one that has proved incredibly effective for me this year is to use it around snags, let me give you a little example.

On the lake I fish there are literally thousands of snags but, as is always the case, the fish prefer just the odd one or two and searching the snags first can answer a lot of questions about location.

As we all know, carp can be particularly spooky when they see an angler hanging out of a branch right above their heads but, with the Echo Pro, I have been able to cast it into position around the snags, set to camera mode and retire to a safe distance to watch the live footage of activity in and around the snag. I have even left it in there for an hour, pressed record on the camera and then returned to check the footage it really is amazing how quickly the fish return and become relaxed again once you are not present.

Sonar devices used as fish finders are notoriously unreliable, they cannot really differentiate between the species and, quite often, they will show a group of small fish such as roach as a lesser number of larger fish on the screen, even the really expensive boat mounted models will do this as it is just a beam that gets interrupted on its way to the bottom. For scoping the topography and showing bars, weed and features they are amazing, but the camera function on the Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension that will help to alleviate the false readings and for the first time we will be able to see the actual reality of what is down there in your swim.

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Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

 

FishSpy Echo Pro – Sonar & Underwater Camera – Pre-Order Now!!!

For the first time ever, FishSpy Echo Pro combines cutting edge sonar and live stream video camera.

If that isn’t enough, Echo Pro also allows you produce bathymetric maps using its built in GPS chip.

Priced at just £229.99, Echo Pro is now available to pre-order here.

A new era begins…. For the first time ever sonar depth sounder and underwater camera combine; the awesome new FishSpy Echo Pro is the complete fish and feature finder. Why settle for just sonar technology when you can have the power of two – Sonar AND live video? Packed with features including sonar, GPS, lake mapping, file storage and amazing high quality live video streaming and recording, Echo Pro can be cast with a rod or attached to a boat.

Uncover the secrets of the places you fish, discover underwater structures; reveal the composition of lake bottoms, riverbeds and floors, reveal the depths of your waters; Echo Pro uses powerful sonar and crystal clear video to locate features and fish. Wherever you fish, bank, boat or shore Echo Pro’s combined power of sonar and video guarantee you miss nothing. Echo Pro streams live lake information direct to your smartphone or tablet and is purpose made to be stored in your tackle box. Echo Pro is even compact enough to be carried in your pocket.

Features:

– Cutting edge Echo Sounder technology
– Live video streaming
– Record and download video footage
– Switch modes at the touch of a screen
– Offline Sonar plot history
– Built in GPS locator
– Build bathometric lake maps – study offline
– Locate features and find fish
– Huge 100m plus range
– Android & iOs compatible

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FishSpy Echo Pro cameras - available to order now!!

FishSpy Echo Pro Sonar and Camera – available to order now!!

New SURVIVOR Carp Fishing Bedchairs & Chairs From TF Gear

We are excited to announce we have some new carp fishing beds and chairs – enter ‘SURVIVOR’ by Total Fishing Gear!!

The SURVIVOR range is made up of camouflaged carp fishing tackle. Part of a wide range, SURVIVOR beds and chairs represent incredible value for money in a ‘carpy’ colour pattern.

In this video review, Carpology Magazine take a closer look at the SURVIVOR chairs and beds.

The TF Gear Survivor range also includes carpy camo luggage and carp fishing accessories. Check them out here.

New Airflo SuperFLo Fly Lines – Coming Soon

The word on the street is Airflo have a new fly line coming – The SuperFlo.

Rumored to be non-ridged, Airflo have developed all-new FLO technology which enables the running lines to be slimmer and slicker than any competitor product. The lines are also softer and more supple than ever before, yet they remain tangle free in all weather and temperature conditions.

Airflo SuperFlo fly line hero cast!!

Airflo SuperFlo fly line – Hero cast!!

For a taste of whats to come, check out Airflo’s SuperFlo fly line trailer film:

Airflo SuperFlo lines will be available from Fishtec in the next 2 -3 weeks. There will be two models to start with: Stillwater & Presentation.

SuperFlo sit at the premium end of the fly line market and will sit above the Airflo SuperDri ride fly lines as a new range, rather than replace them. Prices to be announced.

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater

New Airflo Airtex Pro Fly Fishing Clothing Review – 2019 Range

Airflo have launched an exciting all-new range of fly fishing clothing for 2019 which we feel are destined to become best sellers. In this blog post we take a closer look at the Airtex Pro garments.

Airflo Airtex Pro clothing

Featuring a wading jacket, ¾ jacket and a bib & brace trousers, this range has been thoroughly tested in the worst of the UK weather over the autumn and winter months.

All Airtex Pro garments are made of a robust 3 layer material that is extremely durable, fully waterpoof and yet still retains a high level of breathability. Pockets and D ring attachments have been cleverly thought out for maximum usefulness.

Airflo Airtex Pro fly fishing jacket in action

Airflo Airtex Pro 3/4 fly fishing jacket in action

Airtex Pro Wading jacket

There is no denying that this is an eye catching garment. Like everything in the Airtex Pro range, they have been styled for functionality as well as striking good looks. The jackets are dark grey, with carbon panels.

The material is a 3 layer, of a breathable, fully waterproof material. There is no lining, which is good as there is nothing to absorb or hold excess water when deep wading. What is noticeable is how durable it feels and looks – just like a set of breathable waders. You can tell that any water is going to instantly bead off. In our tests the jackets have proved to be totally reliable.

The hood is well designed so you can fully adjust it with several draw cords and toggles. It can also tuck away neatly inside the collar when not in use, which is Velcro closed.

Airtex Pro Wading Jackets - hood up and hood down

Airtex Pro Wading Jackets – hood up and hood down

The wading jacket has 3 D rings – one on the back for a net, and two on the the lower front for wading staffs or other accessories. Cuffs are fully adjustable and keep water out, and all zips are waterproof.

Airtex Pro Wading Jacket Net Ring

Airtex Pro Wading Jacket Net D Ring

Airtex Pro 3/4 Jacket

With exceptional good looks the Airtex Pro 3/4 jacket stands well above the competition.  Again it is a solid 3 layer, with taped and re-enforced seams throughout – guaranteed to keep you dry.

This 3/4 length jacket is perfect for the bank or boat fishing angler with it’s longer cut, which covers the top part of the leg and rear even when sitting down. It has a simplified design, with 2 x exterior chest and 2 x hand warmer pockets. Like all Airtex pro garments, the main zip and the pocket zips are all fully waterproof.

The chest area and adjoining pockets have been streamlined allowing you to wear a life jacket or fully loaded fly fishing vest over the top with ease. The 3/4 jacket has been sized to fit over a mid-layer, such as a warm fleece. Arms are cut to allow easy casting, with storm cuffs providing protection from water ingress.

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket - hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket – hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

The hood is another strong point – easily adjustable and designed to fit over a cap, it provides brilliant protection from the rain, even if it is blowing into your face. It doesn’t fold into the collar like the wading jacket, but it does sit neatly in place when not in use, allowing you to concentrate on fishing.

Airtex Pro Bib & Brace Trousers

100% waterproof and made of the same 3 layer breathable taslan shelled material, this great set of bottoms will compliment both of the Airtex Pro jackets.

Perfect for boat and bank fishers, they are designed for unrestricted casting and movement. The main zips, pockets and leg gussets are all designed in such a way to offer full protection from the elements, while being extremely easy to slip on and off.

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

The elasticated braces are fully and easily adjustable, allowing you to spend the day in complete comfort. These overtrousers also sit high up the body, completely protecting you from wind and the elements at your back when combined with one of the jackets.

How much?

Priced at £99.99 per garment (combo price any two for £179.99) the Airflo Airtex Pro fly fishing clothing represents outstanding value for money. Airflo Airtex Pro clothing can be purchased here.

Airflo Airtex Pro clothing special offer

5 Top Tips For Keeping Your Bivvy Warm In Winter

With winter at it’s worst keeping warm in your bivvy whilst waiting for that illusive run is key. Our tips explain how you can keep yourself comfortable in even the harshest conditions!

Tip 1. Insulate your floor – the ground is your worst enemy in winter. Moisture, cold and damp rises from the floor up. Always use a groundsheet, and if you can layer the floor of your bivvy with an insulator such as an old piece of carpet or a thermal blanket. You can also strategically place items of luggage around key areas of your bivvy to keep drafts down.

All set up for winter angling!

All set up for winter angling!

Tip 2. Keep dirt and moisture out – Ensure you keep your muddy and wet boots outside your bivvy. A bivvy mat really comes in handy for footwear storage and to help rid any excess dirt or mud.

Bivvy mat

Bivvy mat – a winter carpers best friend

Tip 3. Heating – Many anglers are using bivvy heaters in order to stay warm in winter. When using heaters, safety is a major concern as carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat. Some of these, like the candle powered Nash bank Life heater are perfectly safe and easy to use. A hot water bottle is another essential, again with no safety risk.

Nash bank life bivvy heater

Nash bank life bivvy heater

Tip 4.  Select your swim with care – Swim choice and the positioning of your bivvy within it are a major consideration. Unless it is the lake ‘hot spot’ a very exposed swim with the wind howling onto it may not be the best choice. A sheltered swim may also be a good spot to find carp holding in a thermal refuge. Make note of where the wind is blowing and angle the front of your bivvy away from any prevailing cold winds. Also make use of any trees and vegetation in your swim that could give you a wind break or potential shelter from rain.

Tip 5. Clothing and sleeping bags – Your own body heat goes a long way so ensure you have the correct thermal gear for the job. 4 and 5 season rated sleeping bags are a must. A good bedchair cover is another addition that you should not be without. Thermal underwear, hoodies and a waterproof jacket are also ‘must haves’. A great bit of winter kit for sleeping in is the extremely warm TF Gear onesie.

tfg-chillout-onesie

The TF Gear Chillout hoody – perfect for cold weather carping!

For more warm clothing tips, including layering, check out our blog post here.

5 New Years Fishing Resolution’s For 2019

2019 is going to be a great year for fishing!! We all have New Years resolution’s, but how about some fishing ones? As an angler, these suggestions should hopefully improve your fishing year to come.

1. Fish more often

Did you fish as much as you had hoped for last year? Probably not. So set aside a target number of days to spend on the bank this year. For example, a minimum of 5, 10 or 20. Tick them off as you go so you know how many you have done. Tip: Why not tell the other half about your target, whilst she’s still in a festive mood?

2. Visit a new venue

Visiting a new water can change your mindset and get you thinking outside of the box. It’s always worth making that long drive to a place you’ve always wanted to fish, but have never visited. Instead of ‘maybe next year.’ plan a day and get in the car and do it when the time comes.

Dedicate a day to visiting a new venue

Dedicate a day to visiting a new venue

3. Get somebody into fishing

Our sport needs new members, so why not take somebody with you? A friend, child or relative might appreciate fishing and it could lead to a life long passion. So why not dedicate a day or two for sharing and instruction this year rather than for yourself.

family fishing

Image source: Tide Lines
Letting the kids come with you is a great way to catch their interest.

4. Get involved with a clean up

Whether you area member of a carp syndicate, an angling club or simply on a day ticket our rivers and lakes need a bit of TLC. Even if its a few hours of your time sweeping the bank with a bin bag, a clean up makes your venue a much better place to fish and inspires respect from others.

A river clean up. Image: Wandle trust

5. Take stock of your fishing tackle

The New Year is the perfect time to check through your fishing gear. Make a resolution to give it a good sort out – be ruthless and sell or giveaway the stuff you never use, or if it is past it’s sell by date chuck it out. If find you need near fishing gear, then indulge yourself – it’s better to have everything ready for 2019 than not.

It’s 2019 – time to sort out this mess and treat yourself to some new gear! Image: Ifish.net